Nikon have unveiled their PMA@CES lineup, and it is not the most exciting one. The first is the Nikon D3300, which replaces the D3300 by removing the AA filter from the 24 megapixel sensor, increasing the frame rate to 5 FPS from 4 (which is pretty amazing considering my F100 from over a decade back did just that). The fixed LCD remains a 3″ VGA affair, and the autofocus module is still the same 11 point system from the D3200. Oh, and there is that new 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II lens that can collapse into a smaller form factor, which hopefully can properly bring out the better side on that 24 megapixel sensor. I wonder if this is Nikon’s strategy of dealing with APS-sized sensor mirrorless cameras. The entire combination is not terribly big, is on par in weight with many mirrorless kits, features the snappy autofocus that DSLRs have, and in markets like the USA have the Nikon brand name to carry them over. Camera with lens kit and lens itself will be available in February for US$650 and US$250 respectively.
Canon’s answer to the mirrorless camera revolution? Shrink down the EOS 650D way down to a size even smaller than the original (and uncomfortable) EOS 300D.The new EOS 100D (or Rebel SL1 for you North American folks) is mainly about its smaller size. The rest about it is basically a EOS 650D, minus a button or two and the articulated LCD. Which is to say, it will sport that same 18 megapixel sensor, 9 cross point autofocus system, 5 FPS continuous shooting, and 3″ touchscreen LCD.
Canon is pretty smart, I have to say. The greatest advantage in mirrorless cameras really comes from the smaller lenses (as an example, the Panasonic 12-35mm f2/.8 is the same size as the ubiquitous 18-55 kit lens), but I bet Canon marketing has figured out that many of the compact camera upgraders who buy a mirrorless camera usually stick with the one kit lens that comes with the camera. Ergo, build a smaller and lighter camera, and they will flock to it. Come up with some small light lenses to entice them to build a small system, and voila! Addic- I mean, locked-in users.
Do you like playing those Spot-the-Difference games? Because Canon has just released their own version, and it involves trying to find the difference between the new EOS 700D and the previous 650D. It has that same old 18 megapixel sensor from the 650D which packs the phase detection bits, same 5 FPS frame rate, same 9 cross point autofocus system, same 3″ LCD, well, pretty much everything is the same. Oh wait, it comes with that new snazzy EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 STM kit lens, which is a nice upgrade, and there is the ability to preview effects like Olympus’s Art Filters, and… well, there is that new mode dial.
To add, the 650D/Rebel T4i is not even a year old. New products can create a bang when introduce, but remember, they have to be new, not warmed-over leftovers. That 18 megapixel is going to break the Panasonic 12 megapixel Live MOS sensor’s record of years in service and the Sony IMX071 (D7000’s 16 megapixel sensor) in number of cameras featured at this rate.